There’s a new man at Meadow Lane who will be hoping to keep the promotion hopes alive. Following more than a two week search for the role previously occupied by now Swansea manager Luke Williams, the Magpies have finally found their man in Stuart Maynard.
The new boss has coached Wealdstone since 2021 whilst simultaneously working as a BT engineer.
He guided the National League side to 16th and 13th place finishes with very limited resources and a part time squad.
The 43-year old played for Watford in his youth career but made most of his professional appearances for Aylesbury United before starting his coaching career in 2012 as assistant manager of Hemel Hempstead Town.
County fans will be pleased to know that the transition of managers will be seamless as the play-style is almost identical. Owners Christoffer and Alexander Reedtz kept tabs on Maynard during his time in the National League and were impressed by his dedication to his philosophy.
Before being snapped up by Championship side Swansea, Williams’ side had the highest average possession, according to Total Football Analysis. Maynard’s Wealdstone had the fourth highest average possession despite floating around 14th place.
A glaring problem for the Magpies has been the amount of goals conceded as they have let in the 4th highest amount whilst sitting in the play-offs places. Maynard and his team have identified the defensive woes as the top priority to work on in training. His Wealdstone side had one of the best defensive records in the division so his work speaks for itself.
In his first press conference as Notts county manager he recognised these problems and emphasised that defence starts from the front. It is clear that the high pressing style will remain and he has wasted no time in getting new faces in.
The Magpies have signed 21-year old Jaden Warner on loan from Norwich to aid in their defensive troubles. The Canaries chose Maynard’s side for Warner to aid his development in a similar style. He is a tall, quick and ball-playing central defender that has captained the Norwich U-21 side.
Following a cancellation due to weather on the weekend, Stuart Maynard’s first game in charge will be against Barrow at Meadow Lane this Saturday.